USDA Seeks Oregon Soil Health Projects

The USDA’s NRCS is currently accepting proposals for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials in Oregon. Now in its second year, the program looks to help support the adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches on farm land across the state. NRCS will invest up to $25 million on On-Farm Trials in 2020. This total includes up to $10 million for the Soil Health Demonstration Trials (SHD) priority.

“NRCS has achieved tremendous success seeking innovative technologies and approaches to enhance conservation for agricultural producers and forest landowners for nearly 20 years,” said NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr. “The 2018 Farm Bill enhanced CIG by strengthening its demonstration component, allowing the agency to work with producers and partners to discover new conservation approaches and tools or enhance existing ones.”

NRCS is seeking proposals that address at least one of the following four On-Farm Trial main priorities:

  • Irrigation Management Technologies;
  • Precision Agriculture Technologies and Strategies;
  • Management Technologies and Strategies; and
  • Soil Health Demonstration Trials.
  • NRCS will accept proposals from the following eligible entities:
  • Private entities whose primary business is related to agriculture;
  • Non-government organizations with experience working with agricultural producers; and
  • Non-federal government agencies.

For more information, please visit the funding opportunity for 2020 or visit NRCS’s On-Farm Trials webpage.

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